For those who have neither the finances nor the willpower to haul themselves to ye olde hallowed halls, homecoming is a bit of a bust. But it needn't be so! Get your pals in a Skype or Google hang and reminisce about college days without having to go back to your old turf. Here's how to decorate and prepare for it.
Bring Out the Old Photos
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are convenient avenues for dredging up college memories. Pull out the pics from library all-nighters and tailgates and use them to decorate -- photos as place mats, photos as garlands, photos all around!
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And for your own enjoyment: confetti littered with embarrassing photos of your closest college friends. From awkward selfies to questionable wardrobe choices, nothing is safe.
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A goofy handmade hat says: "Homecoming is silly. College is silly. Now, let's gossip!"
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The madness of an online hangout can be a bit frustrating, so to start things off easy, make a game of it: Play bingo with your accomplishments since college. Who's been to all seven continents? Who got married? Who still sometimes eats ramen noodles for dinner?
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For all the brews you tossed back in your youth, raise your glass (full of delicious orange wheat shandy) and make a toast. This beer-based cocktail is more sophisticated than the cheap, canned drinks of college -- See? You've moved up in the world! You're an adult!
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Make a Playlist
From dance parties in the dorm to listening to the radio on long car rides, music was constant company throughout college. So get some tunes going -- stat! Remember the mixtapes (or CDs!) you made each other back in the day? Now, it's as easy as sharing a Spotify playlist, so there's no excuse not to play a little Missy Elliot or Asher Roth.
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Since you won't be going to the big homecoming game, craft yourself these adorable sport-themed cupcakes. Even if they are just sitting there, they'll add to the theme of the event. Take a moment to remember every football game you forgot to attend.
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Perfect to a Tee (Shirt)
Need something else to do besides gossip? Make it a crafting event!
College loved to throw T-shirts at you -- one for homecoming, one for that volunteering project you did sophomore year, one for Steak Night at the caf.... Have your friends dredge up the overstretched cotton things and get to sewing. Make a quilt, a pillowcase, or a grocery bag ... the possibilities are endless.
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Gather all your scrapbooking materials, pull out that keepsake box of ticket stubs and Polaroids, and finally start that book you've been meaning to put together! You and your friends will have a great time going through all your memories together.
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The unfortunate reality of postcollege life is that keeping in touch is incredibly difficult. While you've got them on the line, make your friends promise to keep up a snail-mail relationship. It's important that you don't lose touch. And remember, getting real mail trumps any Facebook message or Instagram like.